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Jul 25, 2011 2:00pm PDT
contract in afghanistan that moves more than 70% of the goods and materiel that u.s. troops need at their remote fire bases, moves it all across afghanistan. the military in kabul looked at this $2 billion plus contract and found payoffs and corruption. one u.s. official telling us, and we quote from what he explained to us, that when they looked at it there were concerns about, quote, fraudulent paperwork and behavior, indications dollars were flowing to criminals and the enemy. what we are talking about is a web of payoffs. the contractors who run the trucking companies, hire subcontractors, the subcontractors then pay or police and security officials who pay off the taliban or criminals so that their trucks get safe passage across insurgent zones in afghanistan. is it realistic at this point that any of this will ever change. we spoke to a top analyst about this. >> when you have the, you know, extent of corruption that we may have seen with some of these contracts, that's clearly not acceptable and they have to change the way they are doing business, but, you know, like i sai
Jul 25, 2011 3:00am PDT
in the air force, including tours in afghanistan and iraq. congressman, welcome very much. >> thanks. >> happy to have you. and welcome to everyone. doris, sometimes satire can be the most damning in terms of summing up where we are. "the onion" newspaper has this headline this week -- "congress continues debate over whether or not nation should be economically ruined." if the question is whether washington is broken, make the case that the answer is yes. >> i think there's no question it's broken. you know, our country was created on the principle of compromise. think about it. the states versus the federal government, senate versus house, north versus south. and i remember once, one of the old framers was asked, what is the three principles of this new government you've created? well, the first is compromise, the second is compromise, the third is compromise. something's happened where compromise has become a terrible word in washington. it's partly because the parties have become more ideologically separated. henry clay was the great compromiser. lincoln's idol was henry clay. now
Jul 25, 2011 9:00am EDT
in afghanistan and prior to that point i really had no reference for what it must be like to even be in the military and out there let alone to hear a mothers perspective and by the end of this conversation, i was humble and drained and i quickly rang paul and said i think i've got something the song unsung hero literally came out of that conversation all the words in it are really everything that came out of her mouth as she is waiting, she has his photographs everywhere hoping he will get hope safely and it really shocked me out of my revelry of thinking how it must be -- how exciting to go on a trip to afghanistan. >> and we always hear we watch the newyou hear about numbers 10,000 troops deployed, or 30,000 those aren't numbers those are people with families you know, and we lose sight of that often and so this is really our humble offering to you know, families of service members, every soldier there is a wife and husband and child, children and parents and we have really been moved by the response to this. first time we ever played it was at a benefit out west for an organiz
Search Results 0 to 9 of about 10 (some duplicates have been removed)